Vista bandwagon begins to roll

The Vista hype bandwagon is starting to roll. Microsoft has launched a new

Get Ready web site and has revealed the specifications it deems necessary to run the operating system due to be delivered to business users by the end of the year.

The minimum specification for a Vista capable machine is a ‘modern’ x86 processor running at 800MHz with 512MB of system memory and a graphics processor that is capable of running DirectX 9. However, given that Windows XP creaks a bit when run on a PC with that specification, we can assume that the performance of Vista on an 800MHz PC is likely to be sub-optimal.

The more realistic ‘Windows Vista Premium Ready PC’ specification consists of a 1GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, which is probably still on the light side, a meaty 1GB of system memory and a graphics processor that will run the Windows Aero 3D desktop. This will need WDDM, Pixel Shader 2.0 and a minimum of 64MB of graphics memory, a standard of 128MB of cache (able to support a 1,280×1,024 resolution), with up to 256MB preferred.

The new operating system will also require a 40GB hard drive capacity with 15GB free space, a DVD-ROM Drive, audio output capability and Internet access. The last being needed to avoid the hassle of trying to register the operating system over the phone.

Microsoft and partner hardware vendors will be rolling out computers over the next few months with stickers declaring themselves ‘Windows Vista Capable’ or a ‘Vista Premium Ready PC’. Microsoft itself is recommending that customers who are looking to upgrade their PC over the next six months should buy a computer that matches or exceeds the Premium specification.

Companies who have already signed up to the Vista Ready programme include Acer, Dell Inc, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, NEC, Sony and Toshiba.

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